IN SOVIET RUSSIA; WE BUST JAMS SON.

Categorised as FEATURES., MUSIC.

I think it’s fair to say that Russia hasn’t really made a significant impression on any recent western musical cliques. True, we could probably play the game of exceptions all day; but in general it’s a mainstream cultural musicality that’s been reserved for the audience within; and the ocassional merking it silly at the Eurovision Song  Contest.

As often however, the mainstream is just a lacking distraction for an unspoken talent, veiled beneath (probably playing Counterstrike). It’s not so much a combination of thier own culture with ours; or a complete reinvention. It’s  more a talent for retracing the steps of other musical movements with a  distinct Russian individuality. Their apparent tardiness to musical trends means they can take on the whole context of genre after everyone else has had their say; post-inception international perspectives and modifications. Personally, there’s also a degree of cognitive curiosity here in the very concept of hip hop from Russia itself. It’s like Asian black metal, it doesn’t seem compatible at first glance, but it so is. Truth be told I could chat shit all day about this, but you’re better off checking it yourself. Let me break you off though with a few finds. Further listening from www.error-broadcast.com, who put out the ‘Fly Russia’ compilation earlier this year.

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PUTIN SPITTIN’ BARS OR SOMETHING.I DON’T KNOW, I DIDN’T REALLY WATCH THE VIDEO.

DZA

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DZA bake the track and it’s militant.

DEMOKRACY

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Phonetic band names and liberal political systems. He knows how to tick our boxes.

OH! DEE

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Sampling maestro, much like Oh No and Jay Dee. Coincidence? Yeaaaah probably.

MYOWN

 

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Video scared the shit out of me.

ASHMAN

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White guys can get away with being rappers if they kind of have a cheeky flow like Eminem  or Yelawolf, or a super serious/moist like a tampon one like Atmosphere and Sage Francis. Thankfully this guy went for the first kind.

WAX PAPER CUP

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Made up of three individual beat artists; this is a findmuck and a half.

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